When shopping for a water filtration system for your home, you’ll likely come across two options: tabletop water filter pitchers and whole house water filters. Pitchers are inexpensive and useful, but they only filter your drinking water. A whole house system will actually filter all of the water in your home, so you enjoy clean, fresh water whether you’re drinking a glass or showering.
- Filter Life: 100,000 gallons
- Weight: 5.3 pounds
- Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 27 inches
- "sweat in place" installation
- 304 stainless steel
- Filter Life: 6,000 gallons
- Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 14 inches
- easy installation
- Filter Life: 15,000 gallons
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Dimensions: 12.5 x 5.2 x 4.5 inches
- easily upgradable
- Filter Life: 1,000,000 gallons
- Weight: 4 pounds
- Dimensions: 9 x 54 x 46 inches
- no required salt , electricity, back flushing
Overall, whole house systems offer more value and are more convenient than other filtration options.
Of course, finding the right system for your home can be overwhelming when you have so many options. To save you time, we’ve researched and reviewed the top five systems on the market, so you can choose the best whole house water filter for your needs.
But first, let’s talk about what these systems do and why they’re so beneficial.
What Does a Whole House Water Filter Do?
A whole house water filtration system will remove contaminants from your water through a filter that’s connected directly to your water line. Before water reaches your faucets, toilets or appliances, it will pass through this convenient filter.
Most whole house filtration systems use carbon filtration, which is similar to what you would find in a water pitcher or distiller system– but on a much larger scale. These are effective at removing:
- Mercury (in some cases)
- Certain pesticides
If you have specific contaminants that you want removed, such as fluoride, iron, bacteria or sediment, you can purchase whole-house filters to remove those as well.
What are the Benefits of a Whole House Filter?
Why bother purchasing a whole house filter when you can purchase an inexpensive filter pitcher? There are several benefits to a whole house system that a pitcher system simply cannot offer.
Filtration for Your Entire Home
Unlike a water pitcher, a whole house system will filter all of the water in your home. If you’re connected to a city water supply, you may be concerned about high levels of chlorine when you shower. A whole-house filtration system will reduce chlorine levels in your shower – without you having to invest in a separate filtered showerhead.
From your toilets to your sinks, showers and appliances, every single drop of water used in your home will be filtered through the system.
Clean, Fresh Water
The most obvious benefit of installing a whole-house filtration system is that you will enjoy clean, fresh water. Rather than buying bottled water or storing filtered water in a separate pitcher, you can enjoy clean, crisp water right from the tap – anytime you want.
Whole house filters are the most convenient option compared to other filtration systems. There are no pitchers to fill or clean. Just turn on the tap, and you’re ready to go.
When compared to water pitcher filters, bottled water or a reverse osmosis system like the North Star NSRO42C4, a whole house filter is the most cost effective option. You’ll pay more upfront, but the filters last longer, and the system filters all of the water in your home.
Depending on the system you choose, you can add several different filters to your home’s water supply, including:
Of course, a typical activated carbon filter will also remove chlorine, pesticides and other impurities.
You know what the benefits are to using a whole house filtration system, but which product should you choose? We share our top five whole house water filter reviews below.
DuPont Whole House Water Filter Review
DuPont is a trusted name in the water filtration industry, and the WFPF13003B Universal Whole House filtration system is a testament to the brand’s quality.
DuPont’s whole house system filters up to 15,000 gallons of water, and features the brand’s 500 series poly block cartridge. Once installed, the filter will reduce sediment and help extend the life of your appliances.
Affordable and easy to install, the WFPF13003B is a great choice for any home. As an added bonus, the system can easily be upgraded by simply purchasing a higher-performing whole house system. The 2-phase carbon wrap filter, for example, also removes chlorine, rust and silt in addition to sediment.
For nearly half the price of a water pitcher filter, the DuPont whole house filter will improve the taste and clarity of your home’s tap water.
DuPont also includes a 3-year warranty, so you know your purchase is protected.
If you live in a rural area and rely on well water, the WFPF13003B is a smart choice and will greatly reduce the amount of sediment in your water.
Aqua-Pure AP903 Review
Looking for a whole house water filter system that removes chlorine odor and taste? The Aqua-Pure AP903 may be the right choice for you.
Equipped with a carbon filter, the AP903 reduces chlorine taste and odor. It also reduces rust, dirt and sediment, so you enjoy clean, clear drinking water.
Each cartridge has the power to filter 100,000 gallons of water. For the average household, the cartridge will last an entire year. When it’s time to replace, simply twist off the old cartridge and attach the new one. No tools are needed and your hands will never touch the filter material.
Unlike other whole house systems, the Aqua-Pure AP903’s cartridges are easy to change. The stainless steel head is non-corrosive and allows for a simple installation. All system materials are FDA CFR-21 compliant.
If you’re concerned about flow rate, you’ll be happy to learn that the AP903 offers a high flow rate of 20 gallons of water per minute.
For larger families that use more water, the Aqua-Pure AP903 offers long-lasting filters and the ability to remove chlorine, sediment, dirt and rust in one convenient cartridge.
Watts WH-LD Premier Whole Hose Filter System Review
Watts offers a whole house filtration system that’s affordable, easy to install and even easier to maintain. With the ability to reduce sediment, rust and dirt, this system is a great choice for homes that rely on well water and/or have a water softener installed.
Removing sediment, dirt and rust can help extend the life of your home appliances, water softener system and fixtures. If you also have a whole-house carbon filter installed, the WH-LD can help prevent premature clogs and replacements.
Each filter lasts approximately 6,000 gallons, or about three months, and features a bypass valve that’s built-in. Watts includes three water filters as well as a wrench to make installation and use a breeze. The filter also features stainless steel inserts to simplify installation.
The Watts WH-LD is sturdy, durable and does an excellent job of removing sediment, dirt and rust from water.
If you have a slightly higher budget and want a filtration system that requires virtually no maintenance, the WH-LD is the right choice for you.
Aquasana Rhino Whole House Water Filter System Review
What if you could purchase a whole house filtration system that was so powerful, you only had to replace filters every 10 years? That’s exactly what the Aquasana Rhino system offers. This is the most expensive filtration system on our list, but it’s also one of the most comprehensive and effective. Did we mention it also includes a salt-free water softener?
The Aquasana Rhino filtration system is one of the most complete systems we’ve reviewed, and in our opinion, is worth the cost.
The system can filter up to 1,000,000 gallons of water, removing 97% of chlorine. The filter will also reduce: mercury, lead, industrial solvents, VOCs, herbicides and pesticides. The included salt-free water softener also reduces scale by 99.6%, so your appliances and pipes last longer.
There’s no salt, no electric and no back flushing required.
Each kit comes with bypass valves, brass fittings and bend supports for easy installation.
If you have a big budget and would rather not have to deal with frequent filter replacements, the Aquasana Rhino whole house system is the best solution for you. Imagine not having to replace your filter for 10 whole years!
Culligan Whole House Water Filter Review
The Culligan HF-360A is a whole house water filter system that removes sediment for clean, clear water throughout your entire home. Versatile, you can also choose to install the HF-360A inline or underneath the sink.
The HF-360A is compatible with most filter cartridges, and is designed to reduce silt, rust, dirt and scale. Once installed, the filter will help extend the life of your appliances and faucets.
The system includes a built-in shutoff valve inside of the cap for easy cartridge replacement. The clear housing of the filter also makes it easy to determine when it’s time to change the cartridge. The HF-360A features a 3/4” FIP for an in-line installation. Note: The fittings are not included.
The only minor drawback is that you will need to purchase the fitting separately. Although inexpensive, this is a minor inconvenience.
That being said, the Culligan HF-360A is affordably priced and is highly effective at removing sediment from your water supply.
No matter whether your home is connected to city water or well water, these whole house filtration systems will help reduce sediment and in some cases, reduce chlorine and other impurities. If you have the budget, the Aquasana system will filter 1,000,000 gallons and last roughly 10 years before needing to replace the cartridges. That being said, any one of the other filter systems on our list will be just as effective, but will only require more frequent cartridge replacements.
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